Hull heading towards being most fibre rich part of the UK
KC who operate as the incumbent operator in the Hull area is pushing forward with its Lightstream rollout and in an interview with ISPreview they suggest they are looking at 90% of their fibre footprint utilising a full fibre to the premises (FTTP) connection, which is the inverse of the situation in the rest of the UK. Current estimates for the Openreach ratio of C to P suggest that their roll-out features around 0.5% FTTP availability.
KC has a much smaller footprint than BT, but with the goal of reaching 45,000 premises by March 2015 it is a worthwhile number, particularly if you are a business looking for faster, reliable connectivity. Back in 2012, KC was the only area to declare the 2 Mbps USC as job completed.
Sean Royce of KC also has some comments about the Public Accounts Committee on Computer Business Review, where he questions the size of the Government investment, with the suggestion that more money should have been invested by the public purse to reflect the importance seemingly attached to the project, or made more competitive by excluding public subsidy. The two ideas appear at odds with each other, but it might have avoided the halfway house that at present appears to please very few people.
Of course the ratio of P to C in the fibre roll-out is not everything, and a simple look at the number of homes in Hull City which is some 116,000 properties shows that 45,000 is not the complete rollout, but a stepping stone towards the EU 2020 Digital Agenda targets, where everyone can get a 30 Mbps connection and half of us are buying a 100 Mbps service.